Last Friday the Operation Daffodil cycle team enjoyed a hero’s welcome as they arrived in Gibraltar following a punishing 500km cycle challenge.
Six weeks ago the team set off from Bodo in the Arctic Circle and together they have travelled across eight countries, traversed challenging terrain and suffered numerous trials and tribulations including an inordinate amount of punctures en route.
The cycle challenge, brainchild of Whitmill Gibraltar’s Managing Director Wayne Meenagh, has, in conjunction with a range of other fundraising activities succeeded in raising an amazing £15,000 so far, for cancer care charities Jersey Hospice, Gibraltar Cancer Relief and Marie Curie Cancer Care.
Motivated to undertake a high profile challenge to raise awareness and funds following the death of his mother in law, Jersey resident, Marilyn Brown in December 2012. Wayne, his fifteen year old son Harry and his brother in law Lee Vivian embarked on the marathon cycle ride.
Commenting on the journey Wayne said, “The last few weeks have been really hard, both mentally and physically but I am absolutely delighted with all we’ve managed to achieve. I’m grateful to our support crew and of course incredibly thankful to everyone who has contributed, helping us to raise much needed funds for these cancer care charities, their work is vitally important, not only for those who they care for directly but also for their friends and families.”
Commenting on the charity cycle Don Wijsmuller, Whitmill Managing Director said; “We are extremely proud of Wayne and the team, after keenly following their progress via the Operation Daffodil blogs, we’re pleased that they have arrived in Gibraltar safe and sound and we’re thrilled that they’ve managed to raise such an fantastic amount of money for such worthwhile charities.”
With a number of fundraising events scheduled for the remainder of 2013, the Operation Daffodil team is on target for reaching their £20,000 goal by the end of the year. Anyone wishing to donate can do so through the Operation Daffodil Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/teams/operationdaffodil or direct to Gibraltar Cancer Relief.